Sound — 7
Contraband obviously has influences of early Guns N' Roses and Stone Temple Pilots in its sound. This could be a good thing- if executed properly. Some parts of this album, it just gets too repetive. The solos sound the same after a while, and the way Scott Weiland sings "Sucker Train Blues" reminds me of "Dirty Little Thing" too much, among other things. A great sound but too repetive.
Lyrics — 8
Overall, the lyrics are pretty good in this album. They talk about drugs, sex, love, and rock n' roll; something you'd expect from Weiland's lifestyle. Although he has a small vocal range, Weiland actually sings very well.
Overall Impression — 8
Of course, this album compares to Guns N' Roses and Stone Temple Pilots's work. Some of the better songs on this album include "Set Me Free," "Slither," and the brilliant acoustic song "You Got No Right." The song "Fall To Pieces" also ranks high up there, with excellent guitar work from Slash. In conclusion, I love this album's pure rock n' roll force but dislike its repetitiveness.